Well I guess since I haven’t really wrote a blog in what something like 4 months, I should give my last one a go. A lot has happened to our team individually and as a group since November, which has been some of the reason why I haven’t exactly wrote in awhile.
Prior to Christmas break we had two huge games against Bowdoin and Amherst, which we came out on top for both. That led us into getting ready to take on Plattsburgh when we were to return from break.
While most of the team was dispersing on vacation, a very tragic accident occurred to one of our teammates. I was in Logan Airport on my way to Florida with my family when I got a phone call that Liz (Liz Gemmiti) had been hit by a drunk driver walking home one night. This had hit our team hard as she was in the hospital with severe injuries but somehow pulled through. Liz is an amazing person and teammate and to see someone go through something like this was just devastating to our team as a whole. Even though all of us were worried and wanted to be there for her, Liz still found the way to stay strong be in good spirit and keep us going.
As we returned from Christmas break and all came together we knew that this could have been worse or even happened to anyone of us. We needed to pull together as a team, and make sure we were supporting Liz with her recovery, along with playing our best hockey. Liz lost a lot in her accident and as a team we came together to try and replace what was lost. We came up with the money to purchase her new Uggs, a video game, apparel from Lululemon. On top of what the team had purchased for her, we had then been in contact with Lululemon and Canada Goose, which both companies supplied Liz with what she lost free of charge. Witnessing how much Liz appreciated what our team went out and did and how happy she was, was honestly such a great feeling. We all knew we couldn’t undo what had happened but we did try our hardest to make sure she knew that the team would always be there for her no matter what.
On game day in Plattsburgh, Liz sent us an amazing funny video to get us pumped up and motivated before the game since she was still at home recovering. We were so ready, pumped and wanted to bring this win home for Liz but unfortunately things didn’t go our way. We spent 8 games on the road in January and boy oh boy were we happy when we finally got to play at home. After loosing the first two games against Plattsburgh and Elmira, we pulled together and put out an impressive 18 game win streak. Many had doubts in our team this year and how we wouldn’t even make it past the ECAC tournament and we eventually broke Norwich records, made it to the National Championship Game and our seniors are going down in NCAA women’s hockey history as one of the best classes.
Quoted: “The NU women’s ice hockey team had 10 seniors play their final collegiate games last night. They will go down as one of the greatest classes in NCAA women’s ice hockey history after recording a 101-15-5 record with 4 NCAA Tournament appearances, 4 ECAC East regular season titles, 3 ECAC East Tournament titles, 2 NCAA runner-up finishes and 1 national championship in 2011 as freshmen.” Derek Dunning, posted after the National Championship game.
This season didn’t end the way we wanted it to but honestly we can all say this has been one of the best group of girls that has ever come through Norwich. We are honored to call ourselves a family truthfully and we have proven that on and off the ice. I wouldn’t want to go out playing my last season of hockey with anyone else this was one of the greatest years and I would do this year all over again.
Thank you to my teammates and coaches for an amazing four years and I will truly miss it. Now on to the real world.